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On A Clear Day

I wrote my last 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

A woman goes to the beach very early in the morning. She stands where the sand meets the sea. She came here to do something and almost changes her mind but pushes her doubts away. She takes a razor-blade out of her bag and slits both her wrists. She walks into the sea, crying softly.

This was quite a bit over the word count.

I had to re-write bits of the story several times until I was happy.

Next month I will be taking part in NaPoWriMo.

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Breaking Point

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

A young couple are driven to the end of their tether because of a noisy neighbour. One night, their neighbor has a party until the small hours. The music is so loud the walls of their flat vibrate. They can also hear drunk people shouting at each other. They are in poor spirits in the morning. They agree something needs to be done so their neighbours know her actions have consequences. They lure the neighbour’s cat into their garden with tuna and slit its throat.

This was over the word count.

I had to change it a few times until I was on the word count and I was happy with the changes made.

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Shout Out To Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine

I’m pleased to announce that my poem ‘Conversations With Dead people’ is published in the April Issue of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.

You can download a FREE PDF of the magazine from Lulu here.

My poem is on page 23.

I’m really pleased this poem has been published. I wrote the first draft many years ago. The poem is about grief and how it can make you think crazy things.

The poem has gone through multiple versions since my original draft.

The title is taken from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I am being serious. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

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The Haunting Of Ella Rose

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge. I’m now all caught up:

A woman stops for a bagel and coffee on her way to work. She’s using her phone to call her assistant when a girl appears out of nowhere. The woman freezes. The girl is the double of her daughter who died six months before. The woman drops her bagel and coffee when the girl vanishes. The woman starts to see her everywhere.

This was exactly on the word count. I only had to fix a spelling error.

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Hotel Story

I wrote another 100-wword story for this month’s challenge:

A woman goes to a hotel in the middle of the night and asks for a room. She’s bruised, battered and bloody and has clearly been beaten. The clerk stares at her but says nothing. She pays in cash and he gives her a key. He answers a phone call. When he turns back to ask if she wants him to call the police she’s gone. She locks and bolts the room door. She has a shower, crying out in pain when the water hits her battered body.

This went over the word count quite a bit.

I had to edit it a few times until I was happy.

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Face To Face With The Monster

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

A teenage girl goes to see someone in prison, the man who raped and abused her. She’s been having bad dreams. She wants to see him in the flesh to prove he’s not a monster she made up in her head. He can’t even look at her. She feels sick and uncomfortable. He tells her he misses her in the same voice and with the same smile that used to make her flesh crawl.

This was right on the word count and didn’t need to be edited.

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Dreaming Another Life

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

A woman’s phone beeps. She’s missed a call from her husband. The man she’s with kisses her and she sinks in the warmth of his arms. Her husband texts her. He demands to know where she is, tells her the kids were sitting on the porch when he came home and orders her to answer her phone. She ignores the text. The man she’s with undresses her.

This was just a little over the word count so didn’t take a lot of editing.

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In The Dark, In The Woods

I have been absent for a few days laid up with tonsillitis so haven’t done any writing. I have some catching up to do.

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

A woman parks her car outside woods late at night. She dims the headlights but keeps the engine running. She opens the boot and pulls out a rolled up piece of carpet. She staggers under the weight, almost dropping it. She manages to balance the carpet and carry it deep into the woods to an old well. She drops the carpet into the well.

I went over the word count and had to do a lot of editing until I was happy.

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Afterwards

I wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge:

Julie has sex with one of the most popular boys in school. She thinks their night together was special and the start of something. The next day she wants to cuddle in bed but he gets dressed and leaves. He doesn’t say anything or answer her questions, just kisses her face and walks out. She has a weekend job at a local bookstore. She’s on her way to work when she sees him with his friends. He makes fun of her and calls her names.

This was quite a bit over the word count.

I had to cut word out, re-write bits and change it a few times before I was happy.

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Skin-Deep

I wrote another 100-word story for this months’ challenge:

A boy decides to play a prank on the school nerd, egged on my his friends. He leaps in front of her yelling and waving his arms, hoping to scare her. He laughs and sneers with his friends. The prank goes horribly wrong when the girl stumbles through a glass window. He sees broken glass lacerate her face.

This was over the word count just a little but it took a lot of tweaking and re-writing until I was happy.